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ONE Championship Launching Kickboxing Show in April, Petrosyan vs. Nattawut Headlines

Interesting news coming out of Asia, as MMA promotion ONE Championship (nee OneFC) is going to be launching a professional kickboxing promotion starting on April 20th in Manila. The affair, which will be branded “ONE Championship Kickboxing,” will be a part of the show ONE: Heroes of Honor at the Mall of Asia Arena and will be headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jo Nattawut. The list of talent secured thus far is impressive, with the names including: Petchboonchu FA Group, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Kwankhao Mor. Rattanabandit, Yodcherry Sityodtong, Giorgio Petrosyan, [read more]

The 2017 LiverKick Awards: Rising Star — Tenshin Nasukawa

There are times when you need to adjust your thinking to make way for greatness, because thinking in the “old way” would mean ignoring the future. Tenshin Nasukawa is not a prospect, yet he did many things in 2017 that have worked to show potential for the future, not just for himself, but for kakutougi as a whole in Japan. So instead of crowning him the Prospect of the Year for perhaps a second time, the award is being adjusted to the “Rising Star” award. If you’ve been following Japanese MMA and kickboxing in 2017, you’ll understand why. If not, [read more]

KING OF KNOCK OUT Finals: Yosuke Morii Crowned KNOCK OUT Lightweight Champion

Sunday in Japan, KNOCK OUT held their KING OF KNOCK OUT Finals to crown a Lightweight Championship. As per usual, there were a lot of knockouts on the show, with its hybrid rules. During the KING OF KNOCK OUT Tournament Finals Yosuke Morii was able to defeat Katsujii via TKO. Hikari Machida (R3 – TKO) Haruaki Otsuki Youta Shigemori (R5 – Dec) Maki Pinsa Yam Issei Ishii (R5 – Dec) Takuya Noto Yosuke Shimizu (R3 – TKO) Pornsanae Sitmonchai Fukashi (R5 – Dec) Masanori Kanehara Eisaku Ogasawara (R5 – Draw) Ryo Takahashi Rui Ebata (R5 – Dec) Keisuke Miyamoto KING [read more]

KRUSH.82 Fight Card For November 5th: Gonnapar, Kenji Kubo and More

On November 5th from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo KRUSH returns with KRUSH.82, featuring a wide array of fights making use of the whole K-1 Japan stable of fighters from all ends of the spectrum, with the big name featured here being Gonnapar Weerasakreck taking on Kenta Hayashi. The main event sees Nobuchika Terado against Kenji Kubo for the KRUSH -55kg Championship. KRUSH -55kg Championship: Nobuchika Terado (C) vs. Kenji Kubo Gonnapar Weerasakreck vs. Kenta Hayashi Rukiya vs. Kyoshiro Taisuke Degai vs. Akihiro Kaneko Tatsuya Inaishi vs. Ishida Katsuki Sugimoto Hitoshi vs. Od Ken Takahito Oki vs. Syuji Kawarada Hiroki Suzuki [read more]

Fight Card for K-1 World Grand Prix Japan 67kg Tournament

K-1 Japan returns for another one of their action-packed events on September 18th with their 67kg “Primary Welterweight” tournament. It features a bunch of solid names from Japan and abroad, with Yuta Kubo and Melsik Baghdasarvan being the early favorites in this particular tournament. And because K-1 always gives their fans just a little bit more there are also a slew of super fights featuring some of the biggest names that K-1 has, including the master of violence, Takeru, Taiga, HINATA, Hirotaka Urabe and Koptaro Shimano. Primary Welterweight Tournament Yuta Kubo vs. Minoru ‘Philip’ Kimura Hitoshi Tsukakoshi vs. Han Wenbao Kazuki [read more]

KNOCK OUT vol. 4 Results: Nasukawa’s Warpath Continues

In their fifth official event, Japanese kickboxing promotion KNOCK OUT saw another night filled with stoppages, once again living up to their name. The highlight of the event was, fresh off of his 19th birthday, muay thai, kickboxing and MMA superstar Tenshin Nasukawa scoring another stoppage win, this time in round three via TKO due to a cut. Tenshin Nasukawa (R3 – TKO) Wisanlek King of KNOCK OUT Tournament: Katsuji Takahashi (R5 – TKO) Taison Maeguchi Yosuke Morli (R3 – TKO) Gi Hoon Joo Soichiro Miyakoshi (R5 – Dec) Tsukuru Midorikawa Yota Shigemori (R4 – TKO) Hirotoshi Murata Fukashi Mizutani (R4 [read more]

KNOCK OUT vol.3 Results: Machida, Maeguchi and Katsuji Advance in Tournament

KNOCK OUT held their fourth event, numbered vol.3 last night in Japan, where they continued their King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg tournament. There were three tournament matches, which saw Taisan Maeguchi, Hikaru Machida and Katsuji advance to the next round, with two of those bouts ending in stoppages, only Machida being taken to a decision. Out of the whole show that was the only fight that went to decision. Once again, KNOCK OUT lives up to its advertising. T-98 (R2 – TKO) Hiro Toya Tatuya Noto (R1 – KO) Issei Ishii Eisaku Ogasawara (R5 – TKO) Wanchalong PKSenchaigym Yosuke Morii (R3 [read more]

Gonnapar Weerasakrek Ready For Showdown with Wei Rui For the K-1 Lightweight Championship

When K-1 held their lightweight tournament in February one of the biggest fights that many were looking forward to was a showdown between Gonnapar Weerasakrek and Chinese fighter Wei Rui. Rui, who has taken many off-guard by his dominance, seems like a natural to assume the throne of K-1’s lightweight division. In one of the most exciting events of the year thus far he took the crown in a brutal tournament that saw Gonnapar — one of the early favorites — upset by Ren Hiramoto. Now on June 18th Gonnapar will have his chance at Wei Rui for K-1’s Lightweight Championship [read more]

KNOCK OUT vol. 3 Card for June 17th

On June 17th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall KNOCK OUT returns for their fourth official event with KNOCK OUT vol. 3, featuring the continuation of their King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg tournament to crown a champion. King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg Tournament: Fukashi vs. Katsuji King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg Tournament: Taisan Maeguchi vs. Yuma Yamaguchi King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg Tournament: Hikaru Machida vs.  DJ taiki Yosuke Morii vs. Juan Mario Kaewsamrit Eisaku Ogasawara vs. Wanchalong PKSenchaigym Issei Ishii vs. Tatuya Noto T-98 vs. Hiroto